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AGENCY:

Railroad Retirement Board.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) hereby amends its regulations to permit the use of noncertified copies and facsimile copies of records or documents needed to establish eligibility for benefits under the Railroad Retirement Act. These amendments will make it easier for individuals to apply for benefits under the Act.

DATES:

Effective May 15, 2000.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Marguerite P. Dadabo, Senior Attorney, (312) 751-4945, TTD (312) 751-4701.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

In order to receive benefits under the Railroad Retirement Act an individual may be required to provide proof of age, marriage, divorce, or death. Section 219.6 of the Board's regulations generally required that where a claimant must provide a record or document to establish an eligibility requirement, the original or a certified copy of such document or record must be provided. This requirement proved burdensome for claimants. Many claimants wish to transmit their documentary evidence electronically by use of telefax devices. Consequently, the Board amends its regulations to permit the use of uncertified copies and facsimiles of certain official records when the official custodian of such records transmits the facsimile directly to an office of the Board and the source of the transmittal is clearly identified on the facsimile. In addition, the Board amends it regulations to permit Board employees to certify translations of foreign documents.

On November 26, 1999, the Board published this rule as a proposed rule (64 FR 66433), inviting comments on or before January 25, 2000. No comments were received.

The Board, with the concurrence of the Office of Management and Budget, has determined that this is not a significant regulatory action under Executive Order 12866; therefore, no regulatory impact analysis is required. There are no information collections associated with this rule.

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List of Subjects in 20 CFR Part 219

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For the reasons set out in the preamble, the Railroad Retirement Board amends chapter II of title 20 of the Code of Federal Regulations as follows:

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PART 219—EVIDENCE REQUIRED FOR PAYMENT

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1. The authority citation for part 219 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 45 U.S.C. 231f.

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2. In § 219.6 the section heading and paragraphs (a) and (b) are revised, and a new paragraph (d) is added to read as follows:

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Records as evidence.

(a) General. If a claimant or an annuitant provides an original document or record as evidence to prove eligibility or continued entitlement to payments, where possible, a Board employee will make a photocopy or transcript of these original documents or records and return the original documents to the person who furnished them. A claimant may also submit certified copies of original records as described in paragraph (c) of this section. The Board may also accept uncertified copies as described in paragraph (d) of this section.

(b) Foreign-language documents. If the evidence submitted is a foreign-language document, the Board may require that the record be translated. An acceptable translation includes, but is not limited to, a translation certified by a United States consular official or employee of the Department of State authorized to certify evidence, or by an employee of the Board or the Social Security Administration.

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(d) Uncertified copies and facsimiles. In lieu of certified paper copies of records or extracts from such official sources as listed in paragraph (c) of this section, the Board will accept facsimile copies of such records or extracts when the official custodian of such records transmits the facsimile directly to an office of the Board and the source of the transmittal is clearly identified on the facsimile.

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Dated: March 24, 2000.

By Authority of the Board.

For the Board.

Beatrice Ezerski,

Secretary to the Board.

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[FR Doc. 00-9024 Filed 4-12-00; 8:45 am]

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